Call To Artists! A5 Art Festival Now Accepting Artwork.

The Awesome Autism Awareness and Acceptance Art Project is now accepting submissions for our 2019 A5 Festival! ALL CREATIVE WORK is accepted from autistic individuals. While the theme is “Stitching a Community,” submissions are NOT required to fit with a theme. Art can be submitted to the Arc of Southeast Iowa and will be shown during the Festival on April 13 at the Unitarian Universalist Church. Stay tuned for more information about this FREE, activity-filled, autism-positive event!

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Volunteers Needed To Sew Weighted Blankets!

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ICAC is in the process of planning “Calm Kits” to be distributed to area schools (check out the fundraiser for this at Hudson’s in our events!!). In addition, we would like to include weighted lap pads/blankets.

ICAC will pay for the poly-pellet fill (with poly pellets, they are washable). Do you know any crafty people who would like to help with this project?

Sign up here if you would like to help!

Sensory Friendly Movie – Small Foot

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Saturday, January 26, 2019 – 3:00pm to 5:45pm
Storytime Room

This encore screening is for intended for individuals with autism and their families to enjoy the library together in a neutral environment.

Come watch the movie Smallfoot and make your own yeti craft while you watch! In Smallfoot, a yeti named Migo is convinced that a human known only as “Small Foot” is real and has to prove to his tribe that it does exist with the help of Meechee and the S.E.S – Smallfoot Evidentiary Society.

If you need disability-related accommodations in order to participate in this event, please contact the Library Contact below.

Open To The Public

Snacks are welcome but please NO PEANUTS due to allergy risk. Thanks!

Contact Information
Library Contact:
Children’s Desk

ASAN now Accepting Applications for the 2019 Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Leadership Academy

Autism Campus Inclusion

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is now accepting applications for the 2019 Autism Campus Inclusion (ACI) Leadership Academy!  

Download the application here!  Please submit a completed application by the end of the day (midnight) on Sunday, February 24th, 2019 to Haley Outlaw at

ACI helps Autistic students learn to make their college campuses better for people with disabilities. ACI participants learn about making student groups, understanding disability policy, and talking to people in power. During ACI, all participants go to the U.S. Capitol to talk to their Senators and Representatives about policies important to the disability community.  After the Academy, students get help from ASAN to meet their advocacy goals at their college.

Past students have learned new skills and information about:

  • Developmental Disability Policy
  • SMART Goals and Action Plans
  • Meetings and Facilitations
  • Building Your Student Group
  • Building Relationships and Campaigns Using Intersectionality
  • Strategic Relationship-Building
  • Campaign Strategies
  • ASAN Policy Goals
  • Sharing Your Story For a Political Purpose
  • Effective Debunking

ACI participants will travel to Washington D.C. from June 15th to June 22nd, 2019.  ASAN pays for travel and rooms for all ACI students.

If you need assistance or accommodations at any stage, or have any questions about ACI, please contact Haley Outlaw at

View our flyer!

Watch the video of our alumni sharing their experiences!

Visit the ASAN Website for more information.

The Iowa City Autism Community Calm Kit Fundraiser at Hudson’s Tap

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Join us at Hudson’s Tap in Iowa City for Community Night!

Hudson’s will donate 15% of all sales (food, beverage, even retail should they sell any gift cards) to the Iowa City Autism Community.

100% of funds raised will be used towards the creation of “Calm Kits” to be distributed to area schools. Kits will include tools for self-soothing, relaxation, mindfulness and calming: a variety of fidgets, breathing tools, visual timers, noise cancelling headphones, and other items that target the tactile, vestibular, olfactory, and proprioceptive systems. Kits are being created in consultation with Autism Consultants.

More about Hudson’s here:
More about the Iowa City Autism Community here:

Saturday January 19th! Join Us for a Sensory – Friendly Browsing Hour at the Iowa City Public Library!

Join us Saturday, January 19th from 9am-10am at The Iowa City Public Library for a sensory – friendly browsing hour! The library does an amazing job of accommodating patrons on the autism spectrum every day but during this special closed-to-the-general-public browsing hour, they can guarantee limited crowd size, control over lower lighting, noise and other factors that can be over-stimulating for those who have sensory processing challenges.

This is an ALL AGES event and participants are welcome and encouraged to enjoy all offered activities.

For more information, please visit the facebook event here. For questions or additional accommodations, please contact Jessie Witherell at

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